Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Christmas Trip Recap

Nine days ago we began our journey northward to spend Christmas with the Murfreesboro Patterson’s.  It’s hard to believe, but we are now back “home” and all set up on our winter site. 

The trip northward was uneventful with a stop over at Suncoast RV for the night.  We got our first grand kid fix on the day of our arrival.  Catia, Kalina, and Radek were just as glad to see Grandma and Grandpa as Grandma and Grandpa were to see them. 

Wednesday evening we went to dinner with Gene and Judi, it was nice to reconnect with them.  We would have liked a little longer visit, but had to give up our table as the lobby was packed.  We’ll see them again here at Rainbow Plantation in February.

Thursday night Catia spent the night with G&G.  She and Grandma made some mincemeat cookies and fudge for Christmas Eve and Christmas.  We, also, watched a couple of movies while sipping on some egg nog.  Judy and I look forward to spending these kinds of days with each of our grand children in the future.


Friday we attended the early Christmas Eve service at the World Outreach Church and then returned to Matt and Jackie’s for the traditional Christmas Eve homemade pizza along with other goodies.

Christmas Eve  A Happy Boy

We just wish all of our family could be together in one place, but were glad that Mary and Joel were spending Christmas with Marc and Amie (and kids) in New Hampshire.

Saturday morning we jumped out of bed, put on our glad rags, and headed back to Matt and Jackie’s to spend Christmas Day with them.  Yes, we had a white Christmas.

I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas

The kids were very “orderly” while opening their gifts.  Catia was all excited from the get go, Kalina got into the spirit once she realized it was present opening time, and Radek was quite alert although not quite sure of what was going on.

Wow!!  A Stocking Almost As Big As The Boy One Big Present For A Little GirlA Grandma Quilt A Grandma BlanketOpps, A Little Katt Nap Christmas Buddies

Sunday afternoon Judy and I watched the grand kids while Matt and Jackie had a date day.  The kids were really good for G&G and it was a fun afternoon.

Sisters At Play Good Little Kids

Monday morning we hit the road heading south spending the night at Wood’s RV park just south of Montgomery.  Then yesterday we made our way home.  It was almost an uneventful trip until the bottom fell out – literally!!! 

Our potable water tank broke loose from it’s hangers and forced the underbelly to hang down.  Everything was lodged against the axels so we were able to continue on home without having to make repairs on the road, but that leaves me one more thing to add to the ol’ Ta Do List. 

And it has to be done sooner rather than later because we can’t use our potable water tank until it is fixed.  With the real possibility of below freezing temperatures in the near future, I’d better get onto it today.

So, all in all we had a great Christmas trip.  I fought a cold and was sort of under the weather for the whole week, but made the best of it in any event.  Had we been at home, I would have spent a couple of days hanging out in bed.  But, all’s well that ends well.

Now it’s onto the New Year – Dang, can you believe that twenty ten is just about history?  Unbelievable!!  Time is just flying by.

Take Care Until Next Time - - - - - -


  1. Lucky it's above the axle.Was repairing valve on my bath tank yesterday and noticed 1 1 1/2 inch strap with 1 screw holding it in.Let me know how many are holding the fresh water one in.Maybe a mod I should do before we leave Florida this winter.Have a Happy New Year

  2. Looks like you guys had a wonderful "Tennessee Christmas" and glad that you arrived safely back home. We hope that you will keep that warmer weather until we arrive next week. Anything will beat the 4 above zero we had yesterday.... see you soon J&D

  3. Loved seeing pictures of your holiday celebration! Praying Judy recovers quickly...glad you're feeling better, Darrell!